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Newest Online Journalism Award Category Won by El Pais and Soitu

(WASHINGTON, D.C. Sept. 13)-- Elpais.com and Soitu.es, both based Spain, won the inaugural General Excellence awards for non-English language sites in the 2008 Online Journalism Awards. The Oregonian took the honors for Online Video Presentation in the other new category in the ninth annual Online Journalism Awards. WashingtonPost.com won the third year of the Knight Public Service prize. Read the full article


Multitasking youth detail news consumption habits

A group of young people agreed to tear themselves away from technology for an hour to share their daily lives and news habits with a crowd full of inquisitive adults at the ONA conference.

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OJA winners announced

MSNBC.com, Roanoke.com and the Center for Public Integrity won for general excellence in online journalism at the Online Journalism Awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. NOLA.com won a Knight Foundation Award for Public Service for coverage of Hurricane Katrina. Interactive feature: Best of the best Read the full article
Online maverick Mark Cuban: 'Internet old news'

Blogger and entrepreneur Mark Cuban gave the luncheon keynote at the ONA Conference, engaging in questions and answers with an eager audience who wanted to know his thoughts on topics from YouTube to copyright issues to Cuban's daily reading habits.
Cuban says take chances (video) Listen to Cuban's speech (49 minutes).
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  • October 13, 2006

Conference highlights: Audio slide show
Photos by Joshua Roberts and the Student Newsroom, produced by Curt Chandler.

  • October 8, 2006

Blogger superpanel defends credibility, market power: Panelists say mainstream media no longer understand readers’ needs
Saturday’s closing panel questioned the mainstream news industry’s ability to work with an expanding field of non-traditional news providers.
Hear the full panel discussion (audio, 78 minutes) Read the full article

  • October 7, 2006

Making money on enterprise journalism
Success in the field of enterprise journalism is possible online, but it can be a struggle, says BET.com VP. Read the full article

The story's still the thing
At the "Energizing Storytelling" panel Saturday, the topic was about how, no matter how many changes this industry is experiencing, one thing hasn't changed: you still need to know how to tell a good story. Sara Spangler has a full report.

Blogger Zeyad Kasim promotes a local perspective of Iraq
Iraqi blogger Zeyad Kasim told an audience at the ONA conference that Western coverage is missing the important local perspective of what’s happening in Iraq. Kasim and USA Today's Mark Memmott discuss Kasim's major blog postings (audio) Read the full article

ONA targets education and research as top priorities
Student and educational programs as well as volunteerism were highlighted at Saturday's membership and activities meeting. Read the full article

Executive directors discuss ONA's past and future
Where has ONA been and where is it headed? Student journalists Sarah Bloom and Shelley Orman interviewed ONA's outgoing and incoming executive directors for some insight. Former ONA Executive Director, Tom Regan (video)
Newly hired ONA Executive Director, Lori Schwab (video)

The church/state divide challenges panelists
Not all advertising is obvious. It can be hidden in editorial content, a practice that is increasingly prevalent in online news sites. Read the full article

Changing journalism produces necessity for flexibility
With journalism changing to support multimedia, journalists are having to adjust and become producers of not only one medium but many. Hear Kevin Sites of Hot Zone talk about producing multimedia stories. Read the full article

Holovoty: 'Journalism is broken'
Not literally of course, but that's how Washington Post Editor for Editorial Innovations Adrian Holovaty began his discussion of how automation tools can benefit media Web sites. Holovaty was one of three panelists on the Automated genius and tools panel, moderated by Spokesman Review Online Publisher Ken Sands. Read the full article

Organizing your team in a multi-platform universe
Experts say a commitment from management is key to meeting the demands of multiple media on staffing and structure. Read the full article

Study shows journalists and educators are tech-savvy
Journalists and journalism educators are using more technology and are more tech-savvy than the average American, a study presented by the Online News Association on Saturday afternoon revealed. The study's results and more details are available here. Also: See a PowerPoint (1,298K) of the results Read the full article

Online news attorneys warn against outdated legal advice
The vastness and broad accessibility that make the Web so appealing are the same characteristics that can trip up some people when it comes to Internet law. Some of the country's most prominent media lawyers provide some general guidance to keep ONA attendees from getting tangled in the law of the Web. Read the full article

Convergence is evolution: In progress
News is changing so quickly that journalists must adapt or face potential extinction. Rebecca Shillenn interviews Chet Rhodes, Deputy Multimedia Editor, Breaking News for washingtonpost.com (audio). Read the full article

  • October 6, 2006

ONA members tap PTA moms for election coverage expertise
Are candidates and parties, donkeys and elephants oh so 2004? Online News Association (ONA) panelists Friday showed an eager audience innovative ways to adapt online political coverage to meet the public’s changing expectations for sound political insights not from appointed and self-appointed experts but from friends and neighbors. Read the full article

Audience participation drives decisions
Focusing on community interests and integrating audience-generated content were the primary topics addressed in the panel “Transforming Media: Leading in light of bottom-line realities.” Read the full article

Mobile news is "Wild Wild West"
Wireless device users want news, and they want it now. But news on mobile devices like cell phones is still in its infancy, much like the Web was in the mid-90s. “It’s like the Wild Wild West," said Matt Jones, director of Mobile Products for USATODAY.com. "But we’re excited about what the future holds." Panelists Friday at the Online News Association 2006 conference also warned against thinking content on handheld devices is the same as content on the Web. Read the full article

Journalism’s future: A two-way street
Communities and citizens will be more involved in reporting and creating news in the future. But citizen journalism doesn’t mean there won’t a big role for professional journalists. Craig Newmark of craigslist.org, Michael Clemente, executive producer of ABC News Now, and Susan DeFife, president of backfence.com, discussed the future of journalism at an American Forum sponsored by American University. Listen to an excerpt of Thursday night’s discussion. The panel will be rebroadcast on WAMU at 8 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 12.

2006 ONA conference kicks off
Ken Paulson, editor of USA TODAY, welcomed a record-breaking crowd to the ONA conference's opening reception.
After crediting USA TODAY with "inventing the Web page" in 1982 with its idea for short stories, lots of graphics and lots of color, Paulson called for a celebration of the First Amendment.
Watch Paulson's welcoming remarks

  • October 5, 2006

Welcome to the biggest ONA conference

The most extensive ONA conference is in place with a chock-full lineup of industry leaders that promises to deliver prescient insights into the current state and bright future of online news.
Schedule | Keynotes and general session participants | Content panels
Commerce panels | Convergence panels | Thursday workshops

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General Session Guides
Study up for ONA: Guides to making the most from ONA sessions Spotlight on youth: My Digital Day: Young people and the future of online news and information. Read the full article

Convergence Panel Guides
Study up for ONA: A guide to making the most from this session Web skillsets: Training and re-training journalists for today's digital realities Read the full article

  • October 4, 2006

Content Panel Guides
Study up for ONA: A guide to making the most from this session Automating genius through tools: A practical look at streamlining production methods Read the full article

Commerce Panel Guide 2006
Study up for ONA: A guide to making the most from this session What about WAP? Mobile news is the future Read the full article

  • September 10, 2006

Workshops and new media roundtable
Many journalists will arrive a day before the official start of the Online News Association conference to partake in specialty workshops, limited space is still available. American University will host a panel discussion at 6:15 p.m. Thursday on the state of the media, featuring Craig Newmark of CraigsList.org, Susan DeFife of Backfence.com and Mark Clemente of ABC News. All ONA members and conference attendees are welcome. Read the full article

  • August 7, 2006

Job Fair: Polish Those Resumes!
Ensure your recruiting representative is part of the ONA job fair, set for the first day of the annual conference on Friday, Oct. 6, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Read the full article

  • August 6, 2006

ONA study to examine digital use among journalists and educators
UPDATED Sept. 17: SURVEY EXTENDED
The Online News Association asks you to take this quick survey, estimated to take about 10 minutes, that will allow your level of online involvement and use of technology to be compared to journalists of all levels of experience and from all media traditions, journalism educators and the general U.S. populace. Read the full article

  • July 6, 2006

Register now for the 2006 conference
You can now register online for the Oct. 5-7 conference and awards banquet, as well as several very exciting workshops. Reserve your hotel room now to get the ONA discount. Read the full article

  • July 3, 2006

ONA 2006 conference sponsorship opportunities
The ONA 2006 Conference sponsorship opportunities are designed for members, media outlets and providers to effectively market to, and communicate with, digital journalists and online executives nationwide. Read the full article

  • May 12, 2006

OJAs to include new Knight Public Service Award
The Online Journalism Awards this year will include a new $5,000 prize recognizing digital journalism that makes a difference to people where they live. Read the full article

  • May 10, 2006

2006 Online Journalism Awards - Rules
In response to the growth and development of online news since the award's inception in 2000, the Online News Association this year has made several changes in the competition's rules and categories. Read the full article

Seventh Annual Conference
and Awards Banquet

October 5-7, 2006
Capital Hilton
Washington, D.C.

Conference chair:
Jody Brannon, MSN.com
E-mail your questions or suggestions.

Next year: The 2007 ONA conference is scheduled for Oct. 17-19 in Toronto. The conference chair is Ju-Don Roberts, washingtonpost.com. E-mail your questions or suggestions.

Newsroom: The 2006 conference Web site was produced by the ONA student newsroom, which is supported by the Gannett Foundation and volunteers from media organizations and academia.

Volunteers: Countless volunteer hours went into planning this conference. Thanks to all who gave generously of their time and ideas.

ONA & Flickr: Did you take photos at the conference? Share them with your peers at the ONA Flickr Photo Pool. Upload your photos and see the images from last year.


Don't know the town very well? Consult our ONA visitors guide for journalists, courtesy of washingtonpost.com.

More useful links:

  • Capital Hilton
  • Directions to the hotel
  • Convention and Visitors Bureau
  • Smithsonian
  • Metro map

    The 2006 Online News Association Conference is the premier conference for those who work in, or have an interest in, online media and news. The Online Journalism Awards Banquet honors the very best online journalism produced in the past year.

    The Online Journalism Awards have become the top awards in online journalism. Each year a distinguished panel of judges selects the very best work in nine different categories to be honored at the awards. The OJA Banquet is the event where the awards are presented, and the winners are honored for their efforts.

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